Lostboycrow Announces New Album ‘Indie Pop’ & Tour With Echosmith
September 16, 2022 BY Claire Julian
Today, Los Angeles indie-pop artist Lostboycrow is excited to announce his new full-length album, Indie Pop, will be released on December 9th. For Indie Pop, it felt important to Chris Blair that he make Lostboycrow “feel more like a band,” so he tapped producer Chris Chu, who performs with Pop Etc (formerly known as The Morning Benders), and who built his career touring with ’00s indie-pop staples like Grizzly Bear, Death Cab For Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, and We Are Scientists, to record with.
“That’s always been what I love,” Blair explains of his musical history spent listening to decades-spanning pop-rock bands like the Beach Boys and Fountains Of Wayne. Together, they honed a distinctly power-pop sound, which led Blair to ultimately call the project Indie Pop: a nebulous, purposefully tongue-in-cheek name that reflects Blair’s lighthearted nature and self-awareness. “It just stuck out to me as the perfect amount of not taking itself too seriously because the songs don’t really take themselves too seriously, but the process was a very deliberate I-wanna-make-a-band album.” he adds.
To go with the cheeky title, he shares the similarly monikered single, “Indie Rock,” along with the haunting video. Adding, “Indie rock” is one of those phrases I find myself rolling my eyes at every time I hear it because it doesn’t get you closer to knowing what something might sound like. You can only assume there will be things like guitars, and a real drummer. While the song has both of those elements, the name was really a way for me to blatantly advertise what I was going for while simultaneously rolling my eyes at myself.” For the video, he dug deeper into his own psyche to illustrate the power of anxiety. He explained, “the director (Nicole Lipp) and I had discussed the idea of personifying our anxiety, something the song also touches on, and realized we wanted to explore both the feeling of impending doom and the moments of peace that are so often just on the other side of those seemingly insurmountable shadows.”
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“Indie Rock” follows recent singles from the upcoming record, “Libra Moon,” Angelina,” and “Chewed Up,” which combine the pop-rock that Chris Blair grew up on mixed with the infectious alt-R&B-pop that his project, Lostboycrow, has become known for.
Yesterday, it was announced he will be supporting the viral sibling pop band, Echosmith, on their U.S. fall tour. The tour will launch in Nashville at the Basement East on October 13th and hit Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Toronto, Austin, and more before wrapping in Phoenix on November 18th. The tour follows a packed August show at The Echo in Los Angeles and a headline performance at The Moroccan with his other project, 1990nowhere. A full list of dates can be found below.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Blair grew up singing along to his parent’s Beatles cassette tapes and religiously watching that thing you do. It was not until high school that he picked up a mic and started performing everywhere he could, from showtunes in the gymnasium to pop-punk in a local dive. He later established his genre-fluid style with 2016’s Sigh For Me EP, which he followed up with 2017’s Traveler EP trilogy, 2019’s full-length Santa Fe, and last year’s Valleyheart. Lostboycrow has received praise from Billboard, Nylon, Earmilk, and more and has shared the stage with peers like Flor, K.Flay, and VÉRITÉ. His catalog has over 100 million streams.
Thu-Oct-13 Nashville, TN Basement East
Fri-Oct-14 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Sun-Oct-16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Mon-Oct-17 New York, NY Gramercy
Thu-Oct-20 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
Fri-Oct-21 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Sat-Oct-22 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Mon-Oct-24 Toronto, ON The Great Hall
Tue-Oct-25 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed-Oct-26 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Music Hall
Fri-Oct-28 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Sat-Oct-29 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Mon-Oct-31 St. Louis, MO Del Mar Hall
Thu-Nov-03 Austin, TX The Parish
Fri-Nov-04 Houston, TX HOB Bronze Peacock
Sat-Nov-05 Dallas, TX Trees
Tue-Nov-08 Denver, CO Marquis
Wed-Nov-09 Salt Lake City, UT Soundwell
Fri-Nov-11 Boise, ID Olympic
Sat-Nov-12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Sun-Nov-13 Seattle, WA Neumos
Wed-Nov-16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Thu-Nov-17 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Fri-Nov-18 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom